Gal Gadot in 2017's 'Wonder Woman.'

Gal Gadot in 2017's 'Wonder Woman.'

It’s never easy to be the head of a studio division––your every decision is scrutinized at a microscopic level, and you’re often held responsible if your movies tank. And if you’re already a recognizable person already in popular cultural, such as James Gunn, that is magnified even more.

So, when he’s not busy working with fellow incoming DC Studios boss Peter Safran to figure out a workable slate of movies for Warner Bros. moving forward, Gunn is on social media, engaging with fans, and in some cases that means quashing rumors.

Answering a commentator on Instagram who expressed concern over his “booting” of Henry Cavill and ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot from the DC Universe, the filmmaker replied, “I’m not sure where you’re getting that we ‘booted’ Gal,” Gunn replied.

The question, of course, rose from word that the DC team (though not directly Gunn and Safran, despite their being involved in the decision-making process) had rejected director Patty Jenkinsplan for the next ‘Wonder Woman’ movie, and effectively closed the door on at least her continued involvement. Gadot’s status starring as the character remains in limbo.

Henry Cavill Officially Returning as Superman.

Henry Cavill Officially Returning as Superman.

Henry Cavill, of course, had announced his return as Superman, only for Gunn to reveal that, while a new Superman movie was in the works, Cavill would not star.

Gunn has, of course, come in for a fair amount of criticism, but hit Twitter in recent days for a thread in which he hit back. “One of the things Peter & I were aware of when we took the job as heads of DC Studios was a certain minority of people online that could be, well, uproarious & unkind, to say the least,” he wrote. “Our choices for the DCU are based upon what we believe is best for the story & best for the DC characters who have been around for nearly 85 years. Perhaps these choices are great, perhaps not, but they are made with sincere hearts & integrity & always with the story in mind. No one loves to be harassed or called names––but to be frank, we’ve been through significantly worse.”

Gunn continued, “Disrespectful outcry will never, ever affect our actions. We were aware there would be a period of turbulence when we took this gig, & we knew we would sometimes have to make difficult & not-so-obvious choices, especially in the wake of the fractious nature of what came before us. But this means little to us in comparison to our jobs as artists & custodians in helping to create a wide & wonderful future for DC.”

Beyond the news on a movie about a younger Superman, we don’t yet know much about Safran and Gunn’s plans for the future of DC. But they’re set to start announcing their slate early next year, and you know the internet will be ready with opinions.

Director James Gunn and actress Jennifer Holland at the World Premiere of 'Thor: Ragnarok.'

(L to R) Director James Gunn and actress Jennifer Holland at the World Premiere of 'Thor: Ragnarok.'